100th Moriah Wind System delivered

Members of the Moriah Wind System (MWS) Integrated Product Team, from the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA 251), and leadership from contractor, Quality Performance, Inc. (QPI) celebrate the 100th system delivery to the fleet at a ceremony on Jan. 17 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The Moriah team began working with QPI in 2002, and the contractor-government team has since delivered and installed the digital wind measurement systems to numerous ships in the fleet. The system provides wind speed and direction information, including crosswind and…

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Navy Awards Galois $2 Million Contract For Cryptographic Security

Galois today announced that it has been awarded a $2 million contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to build a workbench that aims to ease the design process for cryptographic algorithms. For the ONR SBIR Phase II contract, Cryptographic Analysis, Verification, Exploration, and Synthesis (CAVES), Galois will build on tools and techniques created for defense and intelligence applications that verify the correctness of cryptographic software. Cryptography is the cornerstone of privacy and security. Developing cryptographic algorithms involves specialized expertise, but even seasoned experts can miss a variety of…

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Navy Awards FedBid New Contract to Deliver Innovative Acquisition Marketplace

FedBid, Inc., a division of Compusearch Software Systems, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Navy will continue to utilize FedBid’s innovative acquisition marketplace through a competitively awarded contract available to all Navy contracting offices. This decision cements the critical role that the FedBid marketplace plays in supporting the Navy’s readiness and acquisition strategy for commodity goods and simple services. “We have built a great relationship with Navy contracting personnel around the world who turn to FedBid for fast and reliable sourcing for commercial items and services,” said Compusearch CEO, Reid…

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USN Admiral visits HMS Queen Elizabeth

During a recent visit to Portsmouth, the Commander of the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Commodore Andrew Betton OBE hosted Rear Admiral Patrick Piercey USN, Director for Operations US Pacific Command, onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Admiral was visiting the Home Base of the Royal Navy’s Carriers as part of a wider UK visit organized around defense engagements at Joint Headquarters in London. During his tour of the impressive new aircraft carrier, which will be the home for the Royal Navy’s CSG, he was shown around the hanger and…

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USS Wasp arrives in Japan to join forward deployed naval forces

USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 14, completing a 28,400-mile journey from Norfolk, Va. that began in late August. Wasp, which has undergone significant upgrades to be able to land and launch the U.S. Marine Corp’s F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, will replace USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in 7th Fleet. The force structure change has been long-planned as part of a Department of Defense effort to position the most advanced and capable assets forward in support of partners and allies. Wasp’s…

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Fincantieri Announces Plan to Adapt FREMM Frigate for U.S. Navy

Fincantieri Marine Group announced further details on its plans to adapt its “Best‐in‐Class” FREMM frigate, already in service for the Italian Navy since 2012, to design the U.S. Navy’s new guided‐missile frigate, FFG(X). FINCANTIERI will lead an experienced industry team, including Gibbs & Cox and Trident Maritime Systems, to design and build these multi‐mission ships capable of conducting anti‐surface, anti‐submarine, and electronic warfare and air defense operations. As design partners, Gibbs & Cox, will leverage their experience modifying proven hull, mechanical and electrical systems to U.S. Navy standards. Trident Maritime…

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Jensen’s Proven Workboat Design Selected for NAVSEA New-Build

Jensen Maritime Consultants , a Crowley company, announced today that one of its proven workboat designs will be used by a Pacific Northwest boat builder to fulfill a construction project for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). In support of the project, Jensen will supply a functional and regulatory design package for the 41-foot vessel, which will provide ship- and sub-assist services, as well as other port operational services at U.S. Navy port locations around the world. “We are proud to have our highly functional, safe and efficient design selected…

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Pax River tests new joint-air-to-ground missile on AH-1Z helicopter

The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed as planned,” said Liam Cosgrove, JAGM flight test lead. “We will continue to conduct a series of tests to prepare for live fire testing of the JAGM off the AH-1Z scheduled…

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Surface Force commander directing the future of the Surface Fleet

Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF), Vice Adm. Tom Rowden is taking a holistic approach to implementing recommendations from the Comprehensive Review of Surface Force Incidents (CR) to ensure safe and effective ship operations at sea, the safety of our Sailors and the readiness of our surface forces. In the wake of three collisions and one grounding involving U.S. Navy ships this year, Vice Chief of Naval (VCNO) Operations Adm. Bill Moran assigned Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, to lead a thorough review of surface ship mishaps over…

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U.S. Navy Aircraft Joins Search and Rescue Efforts for Missing Mariners in East China Sea

On Jan. 7, the U.S. Navy sent a P-8A aircraft attached to the ‘Fighting Tigers’ of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) to assist in an international search and rescue (SAR) effort in the East China Sea following a collision between two commercial vessels. After arriving on scene, the aircraft searched an area of approximately 3,600 square nautical miles before returning to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. None of the mariners were located. Chinese-flagged cargo ship, CF Crystal, and Iranian-flagged MV Sanchi collided, Jan. 6. International search efforts are ongoing for…

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Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Port Unit 114 Gets Operation Deep Freeze 2018 Underway On Time

The purpose of ODF is to provide logistical support to the U.S. Antarctic Program via Department of Defense assets. MSC has supported ODF since McMurdo Station was established in 1955, providing supplies and fuel to scientists operating from the remote base. While the rest of the country shivers in a late December arctic blast, in Port Hueneme, Calif., where temperatures hover in the low 70s, cargo is being loaded onto the Military Sealift Command charter ship MV Ocean Giant in preparation for delivery to the remote Antarctica outpost of McMurdo…

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U.S. Adjusts Support to ARA San Juan Search Operations

The United States will begin to draw down operations assisting the search for the Argentine submarine A.R.A. San Juan in the South Atlantic Dec. 27, after completing its support to requests by the government of Argentina. The U.S. actively joined the Argentina-led international search efforts within 24 hours of learning of the missing submarine on Nov. 17. At its height, U.S. contributions to the search and rescue effort included three advanced aircraft, over 200 search and rescue personnel, four submersibles, one specialized underwater rescue unit, one ship, and more than…

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USS James E Williams Returns Home for the Holidays

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) returned to its Naval Station Norfolk homeport Dec. 23, completing a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The ship departed May 23, to support anti-submarine exercises and operations in the North and Norwegian seas, as well as maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 22, also conducted presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations. “I am extremely proud of this crew,” said Cmdr. Allen…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Mitchel Field, New York, is being awarded a $154,403,864 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide U.S. and United Kingdom (UK) Trident II (D5) Strategic Weapon System Shipboard Integration Increment 8, Columbia and Dreadnought efforts for the navigation subsystem. This contract will provide the required navigation hardware and software design, testing, installation, and deliverables for the shipboard integration increment, along with the correlating fleet support services for the current fleet ballistic missile navigation subsystem. Specifically, the contract will provide U.S. and UK Inertial Navigation System…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $45 Million Contract to Modernize Cruiser USS Anzio

BAE Systems has received a $45.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68). The Anzio will undergo six months of work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship’s homeport. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $53.1 million. BAE Systems will perform ship alterations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long Anzio, including the replacement of critical aluminium structures. The work is expected to begin in February and be completed in August 2018. The…

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